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The FHSS Scheme allows you to save money for a first home inside your superannuation fund. This will help first home buyers save faster with the concessional tax treatment within super.

About the scheme

From 1 July 2017 you can make voluntary concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax) contributions into your super fund to save for your first home.

From 1 July 2018 you can then apply to release your contributions, along with associated earnings, to help you purchase your first home. You must be 18 years or over to apply for the release of these amounts.

To qualify you must:

  • have not previously owned property in Australia (or the Commissioner of Taxation has determined you have suffered a financial hardship as specified by regulations)
  • have not previously released FHSS funds
  • either live or intend to live in the premises you are buying as soon as practicable
  • intend to live in the property for at least six months of the first 12 months you own it, after it is practical to move in.

You can apply for the release of voluntary contributions up to a maximum of $15,000 from any one financial year and $30,000 in total across all years.

Courtesy: ATO website